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Cheese: 1940

Cheese: 1940

August 1940. Pine Mountain, Kentucky. Marion Post Wolcott on assignment for the Resettlement Administration at the Stinking Creek home of the "mountain woman" in the previous post. Medium-format nitrate negative. View full size.

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The Photographer's Photographer

Marie Turner gets the credit. Here's another from the same shoot:

Oh, come on now.

She was an attractive, well dressed young lady. The photo is flattering and I don't see any "hams."

I walked through the auto section at WalMart the other night. One of the department clerks (a skinny little high school or college girl) leaned over to straighten out some items on a lower shelf as I approached and she flashed half her ... well, you know what she flashed at me. Hams!! A pair of them!! I didn't need to see that!!

Mrs. Post Wolcott was an attractive lady. Emphasis: lady. From the look of her tan, she spent a lot of time that summer on the road and "on assignment."

Re: High-waisted

All true, except she's wearing a high-waisted skirt, not trousers. Although 1940s fashion for women was generally flattering, this skirt and this angle do her no justice.

Also note the way she's sitting. It's kind of an asymmetrical position with one leg at a slant.


I think this might look funny to us because we're so used to seeing pants that barely make it over the butt. These pants come to her true waistline, instead of sitting at the hips.

Holy asymmetry, Batman!

What is going on with her left butt cheek? Or does she have a ham in her pocket?


While I agree with Anonymous Tipster's assessment, I did find it rather sesquipedalian.

Does this picture make my butt look big?

I normally wouldn't make a comment like this, but something about the angle of the shot, or something, is making the left side of her tuchus look really weird and elongated.

Baby's got back!

Fo' sho'!


She is stunning and gorgeous. I won't try and spell the word of the day, but yes ... quite an apt description!

That face

Not unlike the 1940 Greta Garbo:

Lee Walcott was a lucky guy

She's gorgeous! It's always nice to see the faces of famous photographers, especially when they look like this.

For an instant

Before I read the caption I thought that this was a photo of Greta Garbo on the set of "Ninotchka." There's enough of a resemblance to the way that Garbo looked in that film to fool someone at first glance. As they said at the time, a handsome woman.

Thanks, Anonymous Tipster for the word of the day!!!

That totally cracked me up and added a new valuable word to my vocabulary!


She is one striking woman!

Huey, Dewey and Louie

Quick, take the picture before Unca Donald comes back!

Word of the Day


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